One Piece Film Red, a Toei Animation film distributed in North America, Germany and Australia/New Zealand by Crunchyroll, had an impressive opening weekend in the United States and Canada, as fans and audiences showed up to theaters across the countries – catapulting the anime blockbuster to an “A” CinemaScore and boasting a 95% Rotten Tomatoes rating from both critics and audiences alike.
In its debut weekend, One Piece Film Red, the 15th feature film in the One Piece franchise and directed by Goro Taniguchi, discovered treasure with $9,323,267 at the domestic box office. The franchise has seen considerable growth with One Piece Film Red marking a wider release than past films, offering fans even more opportunity to enjoy the newest installment of the hit global franchise. In 2019, One Piece: Stampede opened as an event style release with a total gross of $1,308,571, and now in 2022, One Piece Film Red opened in over 2,400 theaters across North America with a remarkable total gross opening weekend of over $9.3M.
One Piece Film Red is the latest in a slate of major theatrical releases from Crunchyroll in North America and opened on 3280 screens in 2415 theaters, with a large footprint of premium formats including IMAX, 4DX, MX4D, Dolby Cinemas, and DBox. The film is available in Japanese with English subtitles as well as dubbed in English.
“We were confident that One Piece Film Red would be a hit with U.S. and Canadian audiences and this weekend’s stellar opening proves it,” said Masayuki Endo, President and CEO of Toei Animation Inc. “This is a history-making moment for the One Piece franchise and its most successful theatrical release ever. Over the last 23 years, the One Piece anime series has attracted an enormous global fan base and it continues to grow around the world – especially here in North America as illustrated by the film’s success.”
“One Piece is one of the most storied franchises in anime history, and Crunchyroll is thrilled that the film from our partners at Toei Animation saw success at the box office this past weekend,” said Mitchel Berger, Senior Vice President of Global Commerce. “To have the tremendous support of fans for One Piece Film Red continues the trend of anime leading the charge in audiences coming back to theaters and enjoying the big screen experience.”
One Piece Film Red Synopsis:
Uta—the most beloved singer in the world whose voice has been described as “otherworldly”—is renowned for concealing her own identity when performing. Now, for the first time ever, she will reveal herself to the world at a live concert.
With the Navy watching closely, the venue fills with Uta’s fans—including excited pirates and the Straw Hats led by Luffy, who simply came to enjoy her sonorous performance—all eagerly awaiting the voice that the whole world has been waiting for to resound. The story begins with the shocking revelation that she is the enigmatic Shanks’ daughter. Uta stands on the stage, with the ordinary wish of “making the world happy with my music.” There’s Gordon, a mysterious character who knows Uta’s past, and glimpses of Shanks’ shadow. On Elegia, the island of music, Luffy and Uta reunite for the first time since they last met 12 years ago in Foosha Village.
One Piece Film Red Official Description:
One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda serves as the executive producer of One Piece Film Red, which is directed by Goro Taniguchi (One Piece Defeat Him! The Pirate Ganzack! OVA) and written by Tsutomu Kuroiwa (One Piece Film: Gold).
Produced by Toei Animation and based on the top-selling manga title of all time, One Piece features an epic quest to find “One Piece,” the legendary treasure of the former King of the Pirates, Gol D. Roger. One Piece’s global pop culture status is the crowning achievement for this anime franchise, which encompasses theatrical films, home videos, video games, and an ever-expanding catalog of licensed merchandise that includes accessories, toys, novelties, furniture, housewares, and apparel.
Crunchyroll, LLC is an independently operated joint venture between US-based Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Japan’s Aniplex, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., both subsidiaries of Tokyo-based Sony Group.
Films distributed and marketed by Crunchyroll – domestically and internationally – have a proven track record of both box office and critical success. Not only have Crunchyroll films seen box office success, but have also been recognized with numerous awards accolades and been accepted and screened at international film festivals around the globe.
About Toei Animation Inc.
Based in Los Angeles, Toei Animation Inc. manages the distribution of Toei Animation’s top properties, including franchise series Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, One Piece, Digimon, Saint Seiya and many others, to North America, Latin America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Toei Animation’s Los Angeles office further handles all categories of consumer product licensing based on its film and television brands within these territories. For more information, please visit toei-animation-usa.com.